TEXAS HOUSE BILL


533RD ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTALION
75th Legislature

Number of Bills: 1


HCR249    Author: Talton
          Sponsor: Patterson, Jerry
          Last Action: 06/18/1997  E  Signed by the Governor
          Honoring the members of the 533rd Anti-aircraft Battalion on the
          occasion of their 18th reunion.

         By Talton                                            H.C.R. No. 249
         75R8675 WMS-D                          
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
 1-1           WHEREAS, On October 3-4, 1997, members of the 533rd
 1-2     Anti-aircraft Battalion, which valiantly served this country during
 1-3     World War II,  will meet in Austin, Texas, to celebrate their 18th
 1-4     reunion; and
 1-5           WHEREAS, The 533rd Anti-aircraft Battalion was formed at Fort
 1-6     Bliss in El Paso and landed in Casablanca on March 9, 1943, as part
 1-7     of the  forces under the command of General George S. Patton;
 1-8     during the North Africa campaign, the battalion was deployed across
 1-9     French Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, and its men performed
1-10     admirably in the many varied missions the battalion was assigned;
1-11     and
1-12           WHEREAS, After North Africa was freed from Axis rule, the
1-13     533rd took part in the Allied Forces liberation of Europe, seeing
1-14     action in Sardinia, France, Germany, and Austria; after victory in
1-15     Europe, the battalion supported and gave guidance to the newly
1-16     formed municipal governments in Austria; and
1-17           WHEREAS, Throughout the course of this momentous conflict,
1-18     which included six campaigns, the soldiers of the 533rd
1-19     Anti-aircraft Battalion demonstrated unflinching bravery in combat,
1-20     aware that their efforts and those of their comrades-in-arms were
1-21     vital to the preservation of the freedoms all Americans hold dear;
1-22     and
1-23           WHEREAS, This year's event is being organized under the able
1-24     leadership of reunion president Bartley S. Hodges and first vice
 2-1     president Bill Weaver; and
 2-2           WHEREAS, History has shown repeatedly that our democracy is
 2-3     only as strong as those brave individuals on whom we rely to
 2-4     protect it, and it is indeed appropriate that the members of the
 2-5     533rd Anti-aircraft Battalion be recognized at this time for their
 2-6     sacrifices in the name of liberty; now, therefore, be it
 2-7           RESOLVED, That the 75th Legislature of the State of Texas
 2-8     hereby honor the members of the 533rd Anti-aircraft Battalion for
 2-9     their meritorious service to their nation and the cause of freedom
2-10     during World War II and, as they gather to remember that valuable
2-11     legacy, extend to them sincere best wishes for a memorable and
2-12     meaningful event; and, be it further
2-13           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
2-14     prepared for the members of the 533rd Anti-aircraft Battalion as an
2-15     expression of high regard by the Legislature of the State of Texas.